Hopefully if you’ve been reading my preparedness posts, you’ve been stockpiling things for a while in case of a natural or man-made disaster (or the increasing possibility that our economy collapses): food, water purifying items, shelter and cooking supplies, weapons, security and navigation tools.
Heck, you even remembered to make a sizable medical kit of bandages (cotton and adhesive), aspirin, scissors and tweezers, acetaminophen, adhesive tape, ibuprofen, eye wash, cold and allergy relief medicine, alcohol wipes, cream to treat burns, Neosporin antibiotic cream, sterile gloves, Pepto-Bismol, antacids, and a non-battery thermometer. Yup, you thought of everything — or have you? What are you going to do if you get really sick or get a bad infection? You’re going to need antibiotics.
Many times preppers forget about stockpiling antibiotics. One reason is because they’re never needed them before so they don’t stop to consider that they could possibly need them in the future; the other reason is simply that they don’t know where to buy antibiotics or which ones to purchase.
Having a large stash of antibiotics for a long-term disaster is not only very useful but extremely vital. If something happens where we no longer have clean water or sanitation systems, electrical power and groceries, it’ll set us back a few centuries. We’ll have to re-learn how to survive on our own and infections will be a major problem for all of us.
Antibiotics need to be obtained via a prescription from your doctor; but, obviously, your doctor isn’t going to provide you with a huge amount of prescriptions for regular antibiotics. So, how can you stock up on antibiotics? The answer is easy: go to your neighborhood pet store.
It sounds crazy, but it’s really not. Most of the standard antibiotics that doctors prescribe are also utilized to maintain healthy fish in aquariums. Don’t believe it? Nearly all antibiotic medications that are used to remedy aquarium bacteria have just one active antibiotic ingredient and, in a lot of cases, it’s the same one that’s in human antibiotics — they’re even in the same standard dosages!
It’s highly recommended that you purchase a few good, updated antibiotics books. You also need to buy an updated family health guide like American Medical Association’s Family Medical Guide or the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book — why not buy them both? The more medical books you have, the better off you’ll be when you need them in a time of crisis. It’s also greatly advised that if you have the means to get medical supplies or assistance during a disaster, then you should do so.
It can’t be stressed enough that this list of antibiotics is for prepping and should be used only in catastrophic situations when medical help isn’t available!
Ciprofloxacin (Fish Flox): Great for treating respiratory infections like pneumonia or bronchitis, urinary tract infections, bacterial diarrhea, prostate infections, diverticulitis and anthrax. When this is mixed with Fish Zole, it can help remedy infectious colitis. This shouldn’t ever be used by pregnant women, children or nursing mothers.
Metronidazole (Fish Zole): It’s used for expelling anaerobic bacteria which is found in the intestines. Fish Zole also treats diabetic foot ulcers, brain or lung abscesses, bacterial vaginosis, bone or joint infections, meningitis as well as a few other infections. Again, this can be combined with Fish Flox to help with colitis or diverticulitis. Like Fish Flox, pregnant women, children and nursing mothers shouldn’t take this.
Cephalexin (Fish Flex): It’s good for middle ear infections and just about any kind of respiratory infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, strep throat and others. This product is safe for children and pregnant women and there are only a small amount of side effects.
Amoxicillin (Fish Mox): This product takes care of much the same kinds of bacteria that Fish Flex does. This, too, is not harmful to children and pregnant women and has only a few side effects. But some people are quite allergic to Amoxicillin; in which case you would need to purchase Doxycycline.
Doxycycline (Fish Cycline): This also handles middle ear infections and many respiratory infections. It’s good for treating Lyme disease, Malaria, sinus infections, Syphilis, Typhus and Chlamydia as well. Nevertheless, children, pregnant women and nursing mothers shouldn’t use this medication. Side effects can include sensitive skin and kidney impairment.
Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim (SMZ-TMP) (Bird Sulfa): Both of these combined treat almost all respiratory infections, yet they’re mostly used for urinary tract infections. But the great thing about this medication is that it can help treat Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus—known as resistant staph—which is a form of bacteria that grows easily and is resistant to the majority of antibiotics.
Ampicillin (Fish Cillin): This is like penicillin but more successful against things such as anthrax and not as likely to cause an allergic reaction. It’s also effective for urinary tract infections, respiratory tract infections, gastrointestinal infections, bacterial meningitis and numerous other things.
You don’t have to stock up on all of these medicines, but at the very least get the first three on this list. Those three antibiotics will cover nine out of the ten infections you could get. Although it can’t hurt to have all of these medicines if you can afford it because you never know what could happen during the event of a national collapse or disaster. Just be sure to stock up on different dosages for each antibiotic you purchase; most of these come in 250 mg or 500 mg with the exception of Doxycycline which is available in 100 mg.
As for storage, keep these antibiotics in the refrigerator. It’s not required, but it’ll increase their shelf life. However, do not freeze them! Freezing them can change their chemical composition and they may not work anymore. These antibiotics could be useful for years after they expire—except for Doxycycline which could turn toxic if it becomes too old.
So, if things go horribly wrong in the future, we’ll have to improvise a lot of elements of our lives — particularly our medical care. You might be nervous about ingesting aquarium antibiotics right now, but you don’t want to be caught without them during a catastrophe when you’re faced with a life threatening infection and it’s too dangerous to go out or the stores are completely out of them. These antibiotics are inexpensive and could very well save your life or the life of your loved ones.
Prepping means being prepared for what ever the future holds for us so that we can be self reliant and not have to be exposed to any dangerous situations. Keeping a small stash of the above items could very well save your life or that of someone you love.
At *your* service,